|The Outies (Out & Equal Workplace Awards)|
An Outie award
|Awarded for||Excellence in Workplace Equality|
|Presented by||Out & Equal Workplace Advocates|
The Outies - formally known as the Out & Equal Workplace Awards - is an annual awards gala hosted by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. The Outies honor individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees in America’s workplaces. Through these awards, Out & Equal provides the business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and proven successes to help create safe and equitable workplaces. The awards are presented annually at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, a nationwide conference addressing LGBT issues in the workplace.
Outie Awards are given in five different categories, with two recognizing individuals and three recognizing organizations. To win an Outie, recipients must have taken significant action to create more equitable workplaces for members of the LGBT community.
- 1 Award categories
- 2 Selection process
- 3 2012 Workplace Awards finalists
- 4 2011 Workplace Awards finalists and winners
- 5 2010 Workplace Awards finalists and winners
- 6 Previous Outies winners
- 7 Special Awards of distinction
- 8 References
The Trailblazer Award recognizes an LGBT person who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. This individual’s activities will have made a marked improvement in their own workplace and/or have contributed to equality nationally.
The Champion Award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees on the job. This individual will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.
The LGBT ERG of the Year Award recognizes a particular employee resource group (ERG), sometimes referred to as a business group or network, that has a proven track record of success in advocating for LGBT equal rights in its own workplace.
The Significant Achievement Award recognizes any employer that has made significant strides in the past year in advancing a fair and equitable workplace for its LGBT employees, such as: announcing domestic partner health insurance, including gender identity diversity training, or initiating a unique general advertising campaign that includes LGBT people.
The Workplace Excellence Award recognizes any employer that has an historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBT employees in their own workplace. This employer has a history of continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow.
All Outie nominations are read by the Out & Equal awards committee and judging panel, which is made up of a diverse cross-section of leaders in the movement for LGBT workplace equality. Awards Committee members and judges change each year and are expected to opt out of voting if their own affiliations may bias their votes.
Nominees are evaluated on originality, duplicability of initiatives, leadership, results, and other criteria. Organizations are evaluated based on the aforementioned criteria, plus the degree to which they have incorporated the 20 Steps to an Out & Equal Workplace. The previous year’s awardees are not considered for the same award for the following two years. Additionally, companies or organizations may only submit one nomination in the organization award categories and one nomination in the individual award categories, for a maximum possible total of two nominations from any one company or organization.
2012 Workplace Awards finalists
The 13th annual Outies will be held in Fall 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.
2012 Trailblazer Award finalists
- Nancy DiDia, Boehringer Ingelheim
- Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin
- Brad Gorman, Whirlpool
- Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG
2012 Champion Award finalists
- Susan Arko, CSX Transportation
- Nicole Gardner, Oliver Wyman
- Michael Peel, Yale University
- Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM
2012 LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year Award finalists
- Blue Q – Nuance (IBM Canada)
- Pride (LGBT) & Ally Employee Networking Group (Morgan Stanley)
- OutServe (U.S. Department of Defense)
- PRIDE Team Member Network (Wells Fargo)
2012 Workplace Excellence Award finalists
2011 Workplace Awards finalists and winners
The 12th annual Outies were held on October 27, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
2011 Trailblazer Award finalists
- Keith Ford, Pratt & Whitney
- Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin
- Anthony Imgrund, Draftfcb
- Claudia Brind-Woody, IBM - Winner
2011 Champion Award finalists
- Fanee Harrison, Boeing
- Tom Mielke, Kimberly-Clark
- Dr. Sofie Vandebroek, Xerox - Winner
- Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture
- Carole Young, Chevron
2011 LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year Award finalists
- Bank of America LGBT Pride Resource Group - Winner
- RESPECT (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida)
- Marsh & McLennan Companies LGBT Employee Resource Groups
- Pride (LGBT) Employee Networking Group (Morgan Stanley)
2011 Significant Achievement Award finalists
2011 Workplace Excellence Award finalists
2011 Selisse Berry Leadership Award
- Awarded to Brian McNaught
2010 Workplace Awards finalists and winners
2010 Trailblazer Award finalists
- Bill Hendrix, Biology Team Leader, The Dow Chemical Company - Winner
- Shane Snowdon, Director of LGBT Resource Center, UCSF
- Gordon Stewart, Senior Director, Global Commercial Lead Lipitor, Pfizer
- Bob Witeck, CEO and Co-founder, Witeck-Combs Communications
2010 Champion Award finalists
- Mark Bertolini, President, Aetna Healthcare - Winner
- Anthony Carter, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson
- Frank Kern, Senior Vice President, IBM
- Denise Lynn, Vice President, Diversity and Leadership Strategies, American Airlines
2010 LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year Award finalists
2010 Significant Achievement Award finalists
2010 Workplace Excellence Award finalists
Previous Outies winners
- 2009 - Richard Clark, Accenture
- 2008 - Chris Crespo, Ernst & Young
- 2007 - Dr. Judy Lively, Kaiser Permanente
- 2006 – Emily Jones, Kodak
- 2005 - Leslie (Les) Hohman, GM PLUS
- 2004 - Robert Burrell, Ford
- 2003 - Wesley Combs, Witeck-Combs Communications
- 2002 - Dr. Louise Young, Raytheon
- 2001 - Mary Ann Horton, Avaya
- 2000 - Tom Ammiano, Leslie Katz and Susan Leal, San Francisco Supervisors
- 2009 - Randy Kammer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
- 2008 - William C. Thompson, Jr., City of New York
- 2007 - Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citi
- 2006 – Deborah Dagit, Merck
- 2005 - June R. Cohen, DuPont
- 2004 - Laura Brooks, Eastman Kodak
- 2003 - Judy Boyette, University of California
- 2002 - William Perez, CEO of SC Johnson & Son
- 2001 - Cathy Brill & Lisa Vitale, Kodak
- 2000 - Ethel Batten, Lucent Technologies
LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year
- 2009 - (Tie) General Motors' People Like Us & US Department of State and USAID's Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies
- 2008 - Hewlett-Packard's HP PRIDE
- 2007 - Nike's GLBT & Friends Network
- 2006 – GLEAM, Microsoft
- 2005 - Chevron Lesbian & Gay Employee Association (CLGEA)
- 2004 - Lambda Network at Eastman Kodak Company
- 2003 – GLBC at SC Johnson
- 2002 - SEA Shell at Shell Oil Co.
- 2001 - Pride at Walt Disney
- 2000 - League of AT&T
- 2009 – Salt Lake City Corporation
- 2008 – Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- 2007 - Ernst & Young LLP
- 2006 – PricewaterhouseCoopers
- 2005 - IBM
- 2004 - Hewlett Packard Company
- 2003 - Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
- 2002 – JPMorgan Chase
- 2001 - Motorola
- 2000 - Ford Motor Company
- 2009 – Sun Microsystems
- 2008 – PepsiCo
- 2007 - Wells Fargo
- 2006 – JPMorgan Chase
- 2005 - Citigroup
- 2004 - Kaiser Permanente and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (Tied)
- 2003 - NCR Corporation
- 2002 - American Airlines
- 2001 – IBM
- 2000 – Eastman Kodak Company
Special Awards of distinction
Selisse Berry Leadership Award
LGBT Workplace Equality Pioneer
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